Nicole Gale Anderson chats about Mean Girls 2 (Exclusive Interview)

Nicole Anderson chats about ‘Mean Girls 2’
Exclusive Interview with Michael Aaron Gallagher

Nicole Gale Anderson

As one of Hollywood’s most-talented rising young stars, 20 year-old Nicole Anderson, continues to light up the screen with her style and charm. Whether she is playing a girl-next-door character like Macy Misa on the Disney Channel show “Jonas L.A.,” a dramatic role like Bianca Miller in “Accused at 17,” or the devious Kelly Parker on ABC Family’s “Make It or Break It,” Anderson is showing she has a knack for both comedy and drama.

On Jan. 23, her new movie “Mean Girls 2” premieres on ABC Family. With a cast that includes Jennifer Stone (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) and Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”), the sequel to the unforgettable 2004 classic “Mean Girls” (written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried), was filmed during the summer of 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

I recently had the chance to talk with Nicole about her role in the “Mean Girls” sequel. From what she enjoys doing when she’s not on set, to her advice for girls, Anderson proves that in real life, she’s anything but one of “the Plastics.”

Listen to a message from Nicole:

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “First of all, tell me a little bit about your character in ‘Mean Girls 2.’ Who do you play?”

Nicole Anderson: “I play one of ‘the Plastics’ named Hope Plotkin, and she is kind of different than the other mean girls because she’s a hypochondriac. So she has a very A-type personality. It’s very, very prissy. And she does a lot of the dirty work for the mean, main girl Mandy.”

“I play a mean girl on this other ABC Family show called ‘Make it or Break It,’ so it was fun to kind of change it up a bit. Instead of being more devious and just plain outright mean, just have her be more of an airhead.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “Did you enjoy sort of playing a villain? (a nice villain, of course)”

Nicole Anderson: “Yeah, it was a lot of fun… Kelly Parker on ‘Make it or Break It,’ she just says whatever she’s thinking, and there’s no boundaries for her. She’s just completely ruthless. But for Hope, she kind of lives in the shadow of Mandy. But also being a hypochondriac, she’s also very, very girly, always wearing frilly ruffles and lace and ribbons and things like that. She’s very dainty. So she’s kind of a weaker villain, if you will. Not as strong as the characters that I usually play, when I play a mean girl. It was interesting.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “How did you end up landing the role?”

Mean Girls (Special Collector's Edition)Nicole Anderson: “My agent called me up one day and was like, ‘Hey, you know they’re making the sequel to ‘Mean Girls,’ are you interested in going out for it?’ And I was like, ‘I am such a huge fan of the first one that I don’t care what role I get, I just want to work on it. So I would love to audition and see how it goes.’”

“I ended up with the role of Hope… she’s kind of like the new Gretchen Weiners from the first movie and Gretchen [played by Lacey Chabert] was my favorite character. I thought she was so funny.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “So you were you a fan of the original ‘Mean Girls’ movie?”

Nicole Anderson: “Oh my gosh, yeah. I mean, my siblings and I, my friends and I, we’re constantly quoting that film. It’s become such a cult classic for our generation… Even when we were filming the movie, we were on set quoting the first one. It’s just your typical girl, chick flick.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “It was shot in Atlanta. Was it different for you filming outside of LA?”

Nicole Anderson: “It was, especially because it was during the summertime. So a lot of our exterior shots – we had portable fans hidden in our purses and our backpacks, just trying to stay cool in the southern heat. But I’m from Georgia, so it was really, really cool to go back and kind of have it come full circle. I started out going to modeling school and acting classes in Atlanta, Georgia… I love the food, I love the southern hospitality. We had a lot of fun filming on location.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “Were you able to bond with any of your fellow cast members?”

Nicole Anderson: “Yeah, you know, going on to a set with four other girls, I was a little terrified at first. I was like, oh my gosh, I hope we all get along. This could end up being a really catty set. But as soon as I met the other girls, we instantly clicked. And it was a huge relief. I still hang out with them to this day. Claire Holt, she plays one of the other ‘Plastics,’ has become one of my best friends.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “How do you usually spend your time between scenes, when you’re not filming?”

Nicole Anderson: “I try to come home to San Diego now that my parents are living here, I try to go down as much as possible and spend time with my family, and also, just with my friends. I have my close best friends who are just college students not in the industry and we like to do very normal things. We like to have dinner nights, and learn how to cook. We love watching our favorite television shows together, and go hiking and go to the beach, things like that. ”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What was your favorite moment on the set?”

Nicole Anderson: “One of my favorite moments on set… probably the very last day we were filming all of the outside Powder Puff Game footage and it started raining. And we were like, oh my gosh, this is the last day. If it doesn’t stop raining, we’re going to have to stay in Atlanta for an extra day and have to finish this movie.”

“But it was just so much fun because we… started goofing around and making up dances… I’m pretty sure the director, Melanie [Mayron] got some footage on her Flipcam of us just like goofing around. So it was fun.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “Do you have a favorite scene in the movie?”

Nicole Anderson: “It was actually the first scene I shot along with Claire. It’s of us three ‘Plastics’ trying to sneak into Jo’s garage to play a prank on her. It was kind of the first bonding moment for me and Maiara Walsh and Claire Holt and we had never met before. And we are in these high heals, in camouflage-wear trying to sneak through dirt. It was so funny and it was a great way to start off the film.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What do you think the biggest lesson of ‘Mean Girls 2‘ is and do you have any advice for girls who may find themselves in a situation like the characters in the movie?”

Nicole Anderson: “I think in high school things are so exaggerated in your mind. Everything is like the end of the world. But I think at the end of it all you can learn to not play fire with fire. You don’t prove anything – like who can be the meaner girl. And also to just make sure to stay true to yourself and know who your true friends are. It doesn’t matter if you guys are in the popular crowd or if you sit at the geek table, if that’s what you’re into, then so be it. If that’s really what makes you happy, being in a band or painting or being on the soccer team, as long as you have your true friends and you’re staying true to yourself that’s all that matters.”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “As an actress, you’ve had the chance to play a few different types of characters both comedy and drama. Is there one that you feel most comfortable playing that you feel is the most natural for you?”

Nicole Anderson: “I think comedy is kind of my comfort zone just because working on a series every single day for months on end you become very, very comfortable with that type of acting and the character that you’re playing. But I definitely have a great love for drama as well. But there’s just something about comedy. It’s always so much fun to make other people laugh and see them really enjoy your work, and kind of brighten up someone else’s day just by making them laugh. ”

Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What’s next for you? Are there any projects you’re currently working on?”

Nicole Anderson: “I do have more episodes of ‘Make it or Break It’ coming out this Spring on ABC Family. It’s the second half of their second season, so their last 10 episodes, and I’m in six of them this season. With ‘Jonas’ ending, I was able to kind of expand my character on that show more, which was a really, really great experience.”

“This season you really get to see why Kelly Parker is the way she is and why she does have such a huge defense mechanism with immediately being mean to other girls, and she also definitely becomes more a part of the team and you see a softer side of her as well. So I hope people tune in and get to see this new side of Kelly Parker, because I had a lot of fun creating it.”

Nicole Anderson stars in “Mean Girls 2,” premiering at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 on ABC Family. She can also be seen in “Make it or Break it” at 9 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC Family. For more information, visit or follow Nicole on Twitter at Click here to buyMean Girls 2” and the original “Mean Girls“on DVD.

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